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Living Karma: The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu

Beverley McGuire

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168021
eISBN:
9780231537773
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168021.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Ouyi Zhixu (1599–1655) was an eminent Chinese Buddhist monk who, contrary to his contemporaries, believed karma could be changed. Through vows, divination, repentance rituals, and ascetic acts such ... More


Karma as a Narrative Device in Ouyi’s Autobiography

Beverley Foulks McGuire

in Living Karma: The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168021
eISBN:
9780231537773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168021.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines Ouyi Zhixu's autobiography, in which he avoids identification with the particular institutions (Buddhist or Confucian) of his day, and instead broadly appeals to ritual and ... More


Vowing to Assume the Karma of Others

Beverley Foulks McGuire

in Living Karma: The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168021
eISBN:
9780231537773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168021.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter analyzes votive texts, in which Ouyi Zhixu envisions his future potential as a bodhisattva. Votive texts engage the future in a way that complements divination as a technique for ... More


Divination as a Karmic Diagnostic

Beverley Foulks McGuire

in Living Karma: The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168021
eISBN:
9780231537773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168021.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter looks at Ouyi Zhixu's use of divination as a diagnostic technique for determining past karma. Ouyi suggests that divination can reveal karmic obstacles from past sins, one's karmic ... More


Slicing, Burning, and Blood Writing: Karmic Transformations of Bodies

Beverley Foulks McGuire

in Living Karma: The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168021
eISBN:
9780231537773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168021.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter explores various types of bodily practices that Ouyi Zhixu engages in, including “filial slicing” to heal ailing relatives, burning his head and arms, and writing texts in his blood. His ... More


Introduction

Beverley Foulks McGuire

in Living Karma: The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168021
eISBN:
9780231537773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168021.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This introductory chapter provides a definition of karma, and describes how Ouyi Zhixu—a Chinese Buddhist monk—understands and interprets it. Karma is typically understood as a mechanistic cause and ... More


Conclusion

Beverley Foulks McGuire

in Living Karma: The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168021
eISBN:
9780231537773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168021.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter concludes that Ouyi Zhixu's “lived karma” underscores the importance of ordinary daily practice and customs of behavior. He engages in disciplined practices of daily self-cultivation to ... More


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